Kern High School District updates policy to include immigrants from bullying, harassment

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Kern High School District trustees approved changes to its policy Monday night, to include the protection of immigrants from bullying.

The changes are in response to Assembly Bill 699, which went into effect at the start of this year.

The bill requires districts to take an active stand against bullying, discrimination and harassment of immigrants or those perceived to be immigrants, by including specific language in the district’s policies.

“Immigration is at the forefront with everything that’s happening nationally, and I think the state passed that law to give it special emphasis even though years prior they’ve always been guaranteed under the constitution of California to an education irrespective of status,” KHSD trustee Jeff Flores said. 

“I think the state felt it necessary to make a statement.”

Parents will also be notified by mail about the policy changes to make sure they know their rights and those of their children when it comes to education.

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